California Association of Highway Patrolmen Announce Opposition to Marijuana Sales Ballot Measure

Sacramento, CA – The California Association of Highway Patrolmen is adding the voice of their 14,500 members against the proposed “Adult Use of Marijuana” intitiative which legalizes recreational sales and businesses.

California Association of Highway Patrolmen president Doug Villars noted in their opposition, “We strongly oppose the new ‘Adult Use of Marijuana Act’ and will urge California voters to do the same. This proposed measure will result in no cost savings to the highway patrol, and in fact adds costs due to increased marijuana DUI-related accidents and fatalities as experienced by other states. This initiative also allows passengers in a vehicle to smoke marijuana, resulting in second-hand smoke intoxication of the driver. We believe this, combined with a number of other provisions in the initiative, will make California’s highways and roads more dangerous.”

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Fatal Road Crashes Involving Marijuana Double After State Legalizes Drug

AAA News Room
by Tamra Johnson

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 10, 2016) – Fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug, according to the latest research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. New research also shows that legal limits for marijuana and driving are arbitrary and unsupported by science, which could result in unsafe motorists going free and others being wrongfully convicted for impaired driving. Washington was one of the first two states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, and these findings raise serious concerns about drug-impaired driving with at least 20 states considering marijuana legalization this year.

The Foundation examined drug tests and fatal crashes among drivers in Washington, a state that legalized marijuana in December 2012. The researchers found:

  • The percentage of drivers involved in fatal crashes who recently used marijuana more than doubled from eight to 17 percent between 2013 and 2014.
  • One in six drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2014 had recently used marijuana, which is the most recent data available.

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California Marijuana Legalization Draws Lawmaker Opposition

Sacramento Bee
by Jeremy B. White

  • Two Democrats among opponents
  • Legalization likely going before voters in November
  • Other critics include police chiefs, hospitals, Sacramento DA

Two Democratic state lawmakers with deep law enforcement ties announced their opposition on Tuesday to legalizing recreational marijuana use.

Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, a former Sacramento County sheriff’s official who regularly warns about the consequences of drug use, and Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, the Democratic senator most aligned with law enforcement, warned in a statement about impaired drivers and exposing children to marijuana.

Joining Cooper and Galgiani in opposition were Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, and Sacramento County District Attorney Anne-Marie Schubert.

“This initiative will endanger the most vulnerable members of our community,” Schubert said in a statement.

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Marijuana Positive Tests Sky Rocket in Fatal Utah Crashes

by Heidi Hatch

(KUTV) Positive marijuana tests have sky rocketed nearly 300 percent in 3 years in fatal Utah crashes.

The numbers are staggering and are raising concern with the increase happening during the same time period marijuana has been legalized in neighboring Colorado.

128 people who’ve died in fatal crashes in the last decade in Utah have tested positive for marijuana. That number has jumped in the last 3 years, raising alarms for Utah’s Department of Public Safety.

“It is always a concern when the numbers go up.” Sgt. Christian Newlin knows the numbers and says drivers testing positive for marijuana in fatal accidents have increased from 10 in 2013 to 21 in 2014 and 38 in 2015.

The increase equals 280 percent in 3 years.
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